Preserved castles, sparkling lakes and waterways, dramatic coastline – it’s time to rediscover Wales.
Wales is a gorgeous mix of lush rolling hills, historic architecture and forts, interesting towns and cities, as well as wild coastlines. Climb Mount Snowdon, explore Portmeirion, or unwind on one of the many award-winning beaches. To match all these fantastic locations are some stunning places to stay – from family-run B&Bs to beachside boltholes in the depths of the Welsh countryside.
Its jaunty black and red exterior signals something special at this Georgian hotel in the market town of Llandeilo. The 24 individually styled bedrooms are luxury itself, with huge beds, modern design and lots of interesting textures and textiles creating a pampered feel. The elegant Georgian dining room serves modern dishes with the focus firmly on local ingredients, and beyond that, drinks and snacks can be had in the adjoining bar, which has been refurbished using materials from the local Tywi Valley. The terrace is also a fine spot to relax on after a day spent exploring the nearby Brecon Beacons.
This quaint, family-run hotel is a stone’s throw from the charming harbour of Saundersfoot, a pretty seaside town with six beautiful beaches to choose from. Enjoy a stroll through the town centre, which is lined with boutiques, tea rooms and ice-cream parlours. The Gower’s 20 bright and spacious ensuite bedrooms were designed for optimum comfort; those with balconies offer sweeping views across the bay. The hotel restaurant, in the sunny conservatory, serves locally sourced, home-made meals, using the best produce Saundersfoot has to offer.
This boutique property, in a handsome Victorian villa, has nine rooms, each individually decorated with separate themes, but with a fun ’70s feel throughout. Bespoke furniture is filtered throughout the hotel and each works to represent a different emotion and ambience. Escape Boutique B&B has plenty of historic sites and eye-watering bays right on the doorstep. And just a short drive away is Bodnant Gardens, well worth a visit for its collection of plants from all around the world.
Candyfloss sunsets and postcard-worthy beach views are among the delights that make Anchor Guest House such a wonderful place to stay. It’s the perfect base to explore the surrounding nature that Pembrokeshire is famous for. Also, it’s only steps away from Broad Haven beach, a long stretch of sand that’s popular with locals. Rooms are comfortable, with ensuite showers, and breakfast is included.
Y Branwen Hotel is a hilltop haven in Snowdonia National Park. With sandy beaches nearby stretching for miles, and forests and mountains begging to be explored, this boutique seven-room bolthole comes complete with Egyptian cotton linen sheets and ensuite bathrooms. The hotel restaurant serves traditional Welsh dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients, with plenty of vegan options, and the bar has a south-facing patio where you can sip on a local ale or fresh beer while enjoying the afternoon sun.
This bijou, six-room guesthouse sits in the charming town of Beddgelert, in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, with unbeatable mountain and river views. The village has a rich history and there are stunning natural spots to get lost in. Rooms are cosy and neutral in tone, and guests get to enjoy a delicious cooked or continental breakfast each morning. Nearby Criccieth Castle is a landmark site built in the 13th century that’s well worth a visit, or take a ride through the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways on a Victorian steam train. Get a window seat to soak up the views of Snowdonia along the way.
The Tilman, on the coast within Snowdonia National Park, makes a great base for a holiday of adventure and exploration, with hiking and cycling opportunities galore, and long sandy beaches to relax on. With 11 rooms across three floors, it offers style and comfort for every guest. The bar has a cool industrial feel, with wood and metal furnishings within exposed brick walls. Barmouth Beach, a hotspot for surfers and sunbathers, is a five-minute walk away.
Step outside the Trearddur Bay Hotel and you’re immediately on an award-winning Blue Flag beach. The hotel’s quaint, comfortable ensuite bedrooms are bright and airy; some come with balconies and gorgeous ocean views. It also has its own pub, the Inn at the Bay, serving classic pub grub accompanied by your choice of drinks. The Trearddur restaurant offers a more intimate dining experience, where they serve seasonal specials using fresh, local ingredients.
This recently renovated historic hotel comprises three Grade II-listed, Georgian-inspired buildings all painted in different colours. It faces the harbour, so the views across Cardigan Bay are gorgeous, especially at sunset. Rooms come with state-of-the-art bathrooms and are decorated with pops of colour amid chic furnishings. There are plenty of cycle routes nearby, and the coastal path to New Quay to Llangrannog offers scenic hiking opportunities.
Penrhiw Hotel offers majestic five-star accommodation in the midst of St David’s in Pembrokeshire. There are eight rooms, which are contemporary and spacious, beautifully complementing the grand exterior of cobblestones and a flourishing garden – with the rolling Welsh countryside as a backdrop. Light drenches the rooms through the tall panelled windows, and each is decorated with serenity in mind. It’s set in the peaceful Welsh countryside, so you are far from the bustle of the busy town centre here, with plenty of hiking trails and other activities to choose from. Helicopter landing can also be arranged for guests.